Commodores head coach Bryce Drew and his basketball program received big news tonight as former Notre Dame small forward Matt Ryan announced his plans to transfer to Vanderbilt for his remaining two years of college eligibility.
Ryan is a former 4-star recruit coming out of Cortlandt Manor (NY) High School. Former Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings offered and recruited Ryan out of high school and the Commodores were in the thick of things to the very end.
Under Irish head coach Mike Brey, Ryan was a supplemental player off the bench who never seemed to find his niche on the Notre Dame roster. He did sign and sit under some good talent in South Bend but never seemed to crack the top half of the Irish lineup. Ryan did however have his moments as he made clutch shots in several games throughout the last two years and provided three point shooting and defense off the bench as a reserve.
The New York state native is honestly a very talented player who just seemed to never fit in or find a role on the Notre Dame team. He has deep range from three along with having the size and athleticism to score from multiple area's on the court.
He averaged 3.6 points per game as a sophomore but he was buried the last two years behind some talented players at Notre Dame. No excuses but a fresh start could be just what Ryan needs. His addition to the Commodores team will give Vanderbilt a some what seasoned power five player to bring in and possibly become a go to player as he bridges the gap after the departure of Riley LaChance, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Jeff Roberson.
Vanderbilt added Ryan tonight and that is a big get for the 2018-2019 season but the Commodores may not be done with transfers as they are heavily linked to former Michigan big man, Mark Donnal.